• May 12, 2010

Toyota
is back in hot water with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The government agency has just opened up a new investigation into whether or not the Japanese Automaker initiated a recall on 1989-1998 T100 pickups and 4Runner models quickly enough. Toyota first noticed a defect with the vehicle's steering linkages in 2004 and issued a recall in Japan that same year. The company didn't put its American vehicles under a recall until September 2005.

According to NHTSA, the defect has resulted in a total of 16 accidents with three deaths and seven injuries. So why the delay in announcing a U.S. recall? Toyota says it believed the defect was unlikely to occur on vehicles sold in the States because American driving cycles are significantly different from those in Japan. Once the company received 54 complaints on the issue, it supposedly alerted NHTSA of the problem within the five days allowed under the law.

If all of this sounds familiar, it should. The NHTSA recently charged Toyota with a $16.4 million fine for failing to notify the government of the infamous unintended acceleration issue within the allotted time. Since then, Toyota has been more forthcoming with information about what it claims the company knew and when, but so far there's no been official word from the automaker about this latest investigation.

[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet they're trying to get more money to give to GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Epic BS
      Nuke america.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where was the investigation for timeliness of the recall for 2005-2010 Cobalts for EPS failure? GM knew about this issue for years, and JUST recently recalled vehicles and they don't even have the parts ready!!!

      You get a notice in the mail explaining the issue and how to handle EPS failure! If Toyota did this...CNN would be running headlines about it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, the NHTSA once again demonstrates their idiotic bias. They STILL refuse to investigate Ford for their 18 year delay in fully recalling the Ford cruise control switches that were setting their cars on fire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I own one of these vehicles, and appreciate the notice GM sent out stating what to watch out for. Mine is a 2009, and parts will not be allocated until later (older cars are being repaired first.) And when the EPS fails, a message comes on the Driver Information Center.

        With Toyota's attitude, the message would say "Kiss your A** goodbye, stupid American"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Compare these comments to the FORD Windstar complaints. I actually like Ford more than Toyota, but christ AB is a domestic fanboy troll fest with the biased Toyota hating comments.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The NHTSA should have been keeping a close eye on Toyota ever since they made a mockery with the way they ignored the engine sludge issue back in the late 90s. Those problems cropped up for years and Toyota defiantly blamed it on the consumer and poor maintenance procedures. Payback's a b*tch!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, 54 complaints. Out how many HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of trucks produced? Ray "The Hood" & the NHTSA are a joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep them coming Ray, Great Job!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Toyota says it believed the defect was unlikely to occur on vehicles sold in the States because American driving cycles are significantly different from those in Japan."

      So Americans go easy on their pickup trucks? Really? REALLY?
        • 4 Years Ago
        US drivers don't turn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a lot of Toyota problems were covered up during the anti regulation Bush regime. Maybe Toyota thought these trucks would rust apart or roll over in bad accidents and be destroyed before anyone caught on to the steering issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is ridiculous. Everyone knows these recent recall issues are all fabricated by the government/media. Toyota builds the best vehicle on the road. *Sarcasm*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not investigate the NHTSA instead? Aren't they the ones who let the "delay" slip? Aren't they responsible for monitoring, suggesting, and enforcing recalls? If they knew of a vehicle recalled in one market, should they not contact the manufacturer and begin immediate investigations as to the validity of a recall on American soil?

      Perhaps the NHTSA should be shedding some high-level employees... Just a thought.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. If the part couldn't stand up to repeated parking lot use, it's non-sense to believe Toyota's contention about different driving cycles. High-speed use on bumpy roads isn't really going to be much easier on the parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree on this. Its strange that it was issued in Japan yet Toyota told them not to worry. To me as a government oversight organization I'd still look into it regardless since in theory it would be my job after all. The NHTSA should be like a little kid if you will, any time mom/dad tells them not to touch or look at something, they should touch or look at it under the reasoning of "How come....?". That and I'm getting really annoyed that all these other recalls are happening and are not getting the news media coverage like Toyota has, bias much? Seem AB is the only indie news service right now.. and they only cover cars haha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to wonder if the NHTSA is being paid off by the Detroit 3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Obama admin would never do such a thing just to help out its Union friends .
        • 4 Years Ago
        With what? 2 of the 3 were given taxpayer money to live. And most of the others (Ford and non-D3, including Toyota) were given loans.

        It's more like the D3 (and others) are being paid off by the gov't, using our money. :-(
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